Give us this day our daily 'dread', say moviegoersBy Subhash K. Jha, IANS
8/20/2004 12:00:00 AM
"Being Cyrus", a Mumbai film in English, is no longer an oddity. The film, however, marks a new phase in this fledgling genre. Hitherto, made-in-India English and Hinglish films have dealt with cross cultures, arranged marriage and love as they explore the never ending struggle to reconcile eastern traditions with western influences.
Debutant director Homi Adajania has cast Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan and Boman Irani in a film unlike any in the genre. The film has all the trappings to make India's English films as distinct as Indian literature in English.
Indeed, what began as a trickle with Dev Benegal's Indo-Anglian "English August" in 1994 and turned into a stream with Kaizad Gustad's "Bombay Boys" (1998) and Nagesh Kukunoor's "Hyderabad Blues" (1998), has now emerged as a new genre of home grown English movies in the Indian cinema.
The favourable box-office collections have led corporate houses to put their money and faith in the new crop of independent filmmakers.